Richie Furay has been called "a founding father of country rock" and that title is by no means an exaggeration. As a founding member of Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills and Neil Young, Furay was instrumental in creating the earliest examples of the country/rock blend (along with a handful of others such as the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers).
There is no doubt that Furay's post-Springfield band, Poco, was a huge influence on the Eagles, and that group even grabbed Poco's bassist, Timothy B Schmidt, shortly after Furay left. Furay saw substantial success with Poco, and later with Chris Hillman and JD Souther, had to readjust to opening band status and smaller venues. In 1989 and 1990, he participated in a Poco reunion.
Although he has made his ministry his primary focus, he continues to perform and tour, doing sets that include material from his solo Christian solo albums, Poco, and the Buffalo Springfield.